Once they’ve put their superhero films behind them, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) will topline The Long Red Road. The feature film will be an adaptation of the Brett C. Leonard play by the same name. Hardy previously starred in the play as Sam, a man living on an Indian reservation in South Dakota who attempts to drink away his sorrows; Hardy will reprise his role in the film. Shannon is attached to play Sam’s older brother, Bob. Hit the jump for more on The Long Red Road.
Variety goes on to say that the plot of The Long Red Road thickens when a man from Sam’s past comes calling and Sam is forced to look at the road that led him to the man he has become. The theatrical version was previously directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, although there is no report as of yet that attaches the actor/director to the film. The Long Red Road will be the first feature from Whipsmart, headed by Paul Neesan and Richard Fant.
Hardy, who previously starred as the villainous Bane in this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises, will next be seen as one of the Bondurant brothers in John Hillcoat’s Depression-era drama, Lawless. He is currently filming Mad Max: Fury Road for director George Miller. Shannon will next appear as a nefarious character in Premium Rush, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He also stars as General Zod in next summer’s Man of Steel for Warner Bros. For those of you who are interested, take a look at this video behind the scenes of The Long Red Road, featuring Hardy and Hoffman: